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OIA Position on Public Lands

OIA Position on Public Lands

In response to statements in the Republican Party Platform,  the Outdoor Industry Association (representing the companies that make your outdoor gear) wrote a letter to Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee.  The association is concerned about the party’s inclination to dispose of the nation’s public lands.  Here is the letter in it’s entirety […]

Recreation in Politics – Hillary Clinton

Recreation in Politics – Hillary Clinton

This is the second article of two that address what I can discover about positions of the major party candidates that relate to outdoor recreation.  In this article, I’ll discuss  Hillary Clinton’s positions and the positions of the Democratic party. Hillary Clinton Campaign While Mr. Trump addresses seven topics and offers his positions on them. […]

Recreation in Politics – Donald Trump

Recreation in Politics – Donald Trump

This is the first article in a series of two that will address what I can discover about positions of the major party candidates that relate to outdoor recreation. First,  let’s see what Donald trump and the Republic Party offer. Donald Trump Campaign Mr. Trump’s campaign website offers his policy positions on seven topics, none […]

Driving the Economy with Outdoor Recreation

Driving the Economy with Outdoor Recreation

The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) has been highlighting the importance of outdoor recreation in state and national economies.  The OIA reports that outdoor recreation in the United States generates: $646 billion in consumer spending 6.1 million direct jobs $49.9 billion in federal tax revenue $39.7 billion in state and local tax revenue. To put this […]

Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook – A Tool for Planners, Parks and Recreation Professionals, and Health Practitioners

Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook – A Tool for Planners, Parks and Recreation Professionals, and Health Practitioners

The Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program of the National Park Service and the Healthy Community Design Initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention got together and produced a Parks, Trails and Health Workbook.  It is widely recognized that parks are critical to the health of communities and the people that live in them.  This […]

Underwater Exploration at Yellowstone National Park

Underwater Exploration at Yellowstone National Park

Beyond snorkeling and SCUBA diving, most of us have limited ability to explore underwater.  Even given these skills, we are still limited by depth and the amount of time that we can stay under water at one time.  A select few have access to submersible vehicles and can extend this a bit more, but serious […]

National Parks on Postage Stamps

National Parks on Postage Stamps

  The U.S. Postal Service has begun previewing a series of postage stamps commemorating the 100th anniversary of the National Parks.  The 16 new stamps will be officially released on June 2.   The first-day-of-issue ceremony will take place at New York City’s Javits Center at 11 a.m. as part of World Stamp Show-NY 2016. Dedication ceremonies also will take place […]

How Premium Outdoor Recreation Increases Employment

How Premium Outdoor Recreation Increases Employment

As you know, our mission to improve your health by encouraging you to explore the outdoors, but the benefits of getting outdoors don’t end there.  The way your community supplies local outdoor recreation opportunities can lead to a marked improvement in your community’s employment situation.  The key here is knowledge workers. What is a Knowledge Worker? Back in […]

Minting the National Parks

Minting the National Parks

The United States Mint began issuing a series of 56 quarters featuring the National Parks as part of their America the Beautiful Quarters Program. This year is the seventh year of the program and five new quarters will be issued. I mentioned in the Friday News last November that the U.S. mint had their designs for a series of […]

In the Words of Teddy Roosevelt

In the Words of Teddy Roosevelt

O.A.R.S. recently released a video that they call 100 Years, A National Park Love Letter.  It puts the words of Theodore Roosevelt over video of some of the greatest natural places in the U.S. Roosevelt Said   The Video Teddy Roosevelt Theodore “TR” Roosevelt (October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was an American statesman, author, explorer, […]

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